February 2015

Convicted child abuser admits breaching his SOPO 

A child abuser who once gave donkey rides to youngsters has again had illegal contact with children

Andrew Timmins, who was banned from associating with anyone under 16, gave three young children presents and cooked for them, but 
did not tell their mother or grandmother about his appalling background of child abuse.

Timmins, 52, of Walter Robinson Court, Layton, pleaded guilty to breaching a Sex Offences Prevention Order (SOPO).

Jim Mowbray, prosecuting, told Blackpool magistrates Timmins had a previous conviction in 2000 for indecently assaulting a 15-year-old girl after attacking her in her bedroom.

For this offence he was sent to prison for 18 months and put on the Sex Offender’s Register indefinitely.

He also had a previous conviction from 2010 for sexually touching a 13-year-old girl on a bus.

In 2010 Timmins admitted having contact with a family with two children aged five and 16.

The family, who had no idea of his previous convictions, had allowed him to work with donkeys and he had picked children up and put them on the animals.

After this Timmins was put on a SOPO which prevented him having contact with children.

But police discovered that between January 2011 and February this year, Timmins was friendly with a grandmother and her daughter who had three children under the age of 16.

Timmins had regular contact with the children, buying them Christmas and Easter presents and cooking food for them.

Suzanne Mugford, defending, said Timmins had volunteered to police he had regularly seen the three children, after officers made a routine visit to his home.

He was remanded in custody for sentence at Preston Crown Court on March 18.